of thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodríguez through his fearless
classic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life as a young
Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles. The
long awaited follow-up, It Calls You Back, is the equally harrowing
story of Rodríguez starting over, at age eighteen, after leaving gang life, the
only life he really knew.
It Calls You Back opens with Rodríguez’s final stint in jail as a
teenager and follows his struggle to kick heroin, renounce his former life, and
search for meaningful work. He describes with heartbreaking honesty his
challenges as a father and his difficulty leaving his rages and addictions
completely behind. Even as he breaks with “la vida loca” and begins to discover
success as a writer and an activist, Rodríguez finds his past, the crimes, the
drugs, the things he’d seen and done, has a way of calling him back.
his oldest son is sent to prison for attempted murder, Rodríguez is forced to
confront his shortcomings as a father and to acknowledge how and why his own
history is repeating itself, right before his eyes.
insightful and beautifully written, It Calls You Back is an odyssey
through love, addiction, revolutions, and healing. Download and start listening now!